21 Bennett Arron & co - Play the Theme Tune, Sing the Theme Tune…

August 1, 2018
Edinburgh Festival Special time... 6 of our 7 guests are heading Fringewards with these googlable shows::
 
- BENNETT ARRON's I've Never Told Anyone This & Heard the One About Identity Theft?

- JAMES COOK's Boardgame Smackdown

- ANNA NICHOLSON: Woman of the Year
- MARK RITCHIE: Bob's Not My Uncle & Other Devastating Truths
- PIPPA EVANS in Brexit 2 & Showstoppers

- DOMINIC FRISBY's Financial Game Show

+
- non-Edinburghing but he's given us our theme song so he can do what he likes, ROB HALLIGAN 
 
Hear tales of upper-class rapping duels, irritating drinks machines, and what's behind the shows being performed by this month's magnificent 7.
 

Amazon Guests List - our authors' books: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/LIDR28M9I9BY/

Music by Rob Halligan: www.robhalligan.co.uk 
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20 Pippa Evans & co - Temper Temperance

July 2, 2018
4 comedians + 3 authors = a heatwave of guests. This magnificent 7 are:
 
- Radio 4 songstress and improvxpert PIPPA EVANS
- Jewelsh comedian BENNETT ARRON
- Nomadic funnyman TONY VINO
- Comedy magician and mag editor STEVE LEGG
- Mega-author ROB PARSONS
- Parenting guru KATHARINE HILL
- Pro speaker trainer chap LEE JACKSON
 
 
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Amazon Guests List - our authors' books: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/LIDR28M9I9BY/
Music by Rob Halligan: www.robhalligan.co.uk 
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19 Greatest Story Ever Toured special minisode

June 5, 2018
A sort of advertourial one-off minisode opens season 3 - because I'm plugging my own tour: The Greatest Story Ever Toured. This time all 7 guests are from the show that we're taking around the land, skilfully unlocking, awkwardly rapping and generally tinkering with bits of Bible. Our 7 guests are:
 
- Theologian and daddy of The Bible Course, Dr ANDREW
- CATH, the Welshest person ever & glorious leader of a cappella troupe Sound of Wales
- Sound of Wales man, MATT
- Sound of Wales intern AMY
- Sound of Wales non-intern non-man MEG 
- Tour producer and all-round good egg ROB
- + Bible Society Head of Comms and person-in-charge of the tour, RACHEL
 
Tour comes (so far) to Reigate, Guildford, Chester, Hull, Tunbridge Wells, Bristol, Exeter + Wimborne. Details: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/the-bible-course/the-bible-course-on-tour/
 
Next time, more varied guests!
 
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18 Justin Edwards & co - Do Play The Ferryman (Not A Tree)

January 23, 2018
One more ep before the end of season 2 - this time on acting in Paddington 2, and The Ferryman, and playing a tree. Plus the state of the comedy industry, what links baseball and Lost, the return of our Heptagon Club Question of Questions, and more on how YOU yes YOU can be involved for next season...
 
- Actor JUSTIN EDWARDS from The Death of Stalin, Paddington 2, The Man Who Invented Christmas and now The Ferryman
- Comic extraordinaire JOE LYCETT learns Italian
- Comedian MATT GREEN on Extras, adverts and the changing UK comedy circuit
- Baseball expert BRANDON ISLEIB with his equation for media popularity

- & Actors CAMERON POTTS, ANNA NICHOLSON and ANNA NEWCOME try and remember wonders of the world and dwarf names

 
 
Our Amazon Guests' List of books is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/LIDR28M9I9BY/
Donate to the podcast here and fund our future: www.heptagonclub.co.uk
Music by Rob Halligan: www.robhalligan.co.uk 
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17 St Nicholas & co - Once in Royal Gotham City

December 18, 2017
Merry Cristes Maesse! Our 2nd Christmas special features 2 more live guests + 5 festive historical wonders who changed Christmas for the... well for that whatever you think of it now. This episode:
 
- Xmas Xpert JAMES COOPER from WhyChristmas.com
- My 3yr old DAUGHTER playing Father Christmas 
plus tales of these festives ledges:
- ST NICK and his 5:2 plan
- WASHINGTON IRVING, the man behind Gotham City, knickers and the modern Christmas
- CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, poet and champion of what to do when you've left it too late for a present
- BISHOP BENSON, inventor of Nine Lessons & Carols and a classic Christmas ghost story

- ROLAND HUSSEY MACY: Mr Macy's. Well Mr Macy.

 
Paul's Christmas book is Hark! The Biography of Christmas: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hark-Biography-Christmas-Paul-Kerensa/dp/0745980171

Paul's Yule blog is www.kneeldownstandup.wordpress.com

James' Christmas site is www.whychristmas.com 
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16 Charles Dickens & co - Jingle Bells Whisky

December 4, 2017
Merry Advent! The 1st of 2 Christmas specials features not 7 guests-a-guesting, but, well 2. Plus 5 honorary historical Christmas stars who helped sculpt the Christmas we now know. So that means we get properly Dickensian with:
 
- Star of The Man Who Invented Christmas, Paddington 2 & The Death of Stalin, JUSTIN EDWARDS (we think he's the star)
- Mr WhyChristmas.com, JAMES COOPER
plus places set at the table for:
- CHARLES DICKENS
- PRINCE ALBERT
- OLIVER CROMWELL
- ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
and of course
- The baby JESUS
 
James' Christmas site is www.whychristmas.com

Paul's Christmas book is Hark! The Biography of Christmas: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hark-Biography-Christmas-Paul-Kerensa/dp/0745980171

 

Justin (as Jeremy Lion)'s 12 days of Christmas can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy791huV-Dk (other versions available) (prob not suitable for children)

 
Another festive episode will follow...
 
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15 John Archer & co - Derren, Daniels, Dawkins + debates

November 7, 2017
Magic's in the air as we meet the first person to fool Penn & Teller on their 'Fool Us' TV show, plus others tell of Paul Daniels making an elephant disappear and debating Derren Brown. Plus tales of stand-up philosophy, sit-down theology, refugees and referees. And your Bring A Bottle moment is to get hold of/post a review of this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hark-Biography-Christmas-Paul-Kerensa/dp/0745980171 - Thanks!
 
On this episode:
 
- The Magic Circle's top comedy magician, BAFTA-winning JOHN ARCHER
- Comedian & writer ANDY KIND on his first gig and his latest job
- Home for Good's KRISH KANDIAH on the refugee crisis

- Writer and theological referee JUSTIN BRIERLEY on Derren and Dawkins

- Sorted magazine editor STEVE LEGG on escapology

- Chortle Comedian of the Year CARL DONNELLY on what to write

- QI elf STEVYN COLGAN talks for about 8 minutes about 8 minutes

 
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14 Tony Law & co - Surgical Silk Gown

September 19, 2017
Hospitals! House-buying! Football training! Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedians, storytellers and a radio producer bring us our customary cocktail of chat, this time with a frequent medical skew. Bits of our live show mingle with returning guests and fresh blood (and it does include blood). Plus your host does a fairly consistent amount of plugging for live events from Liverpool Comedy Festival to London book launches.
 
On this episode:
 
- Canadian tale-weaver TONY LAW on the Silk Road and rhythmic gymnastics
- Chortle Comedian of the Year CARL DONNELLY on stage attire
- Financial guru DOMINIC FRISBY on why young people can’t buy houses
- Storyteller BECCA BARON with a true surgical horror story
- Radio producer CHRIS BYLAND on making great radio and making great future footballers
- Jet-setting comic DAVID WHITNEY on pre-gig feng shui and etiquette
- Comedian ERICH MCELROY on being a TV pundit
 
Come to these...
 
Paul’s London show Sept 23rd: https://museumofcomedy.ticketsolve.com/shows/873571229
Paul’s Liverpool show Sept 26th: https://www.ents24.com/liverpool-events/hot-water-comedy-club/paul-kerensa/5102039
Paul’s Guildford book launch Oct 1st: http://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/16133?product=1482361
Paul’s London book launch Oct 11th: https://www.list.co.uk/event/849125-paul-kerensa-hark-the-biography-of-christmas/
Paul’s Nottingham show Nov 9th: https://www.seetickets.com/event/paul-kerensa-navelless-gazing/the-lacehouse/1135179
 
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13 Peter Buckley Hill & co - Edinburgh special!

August 2, 2017
A fringetastic Edinburgh speciale! Recorded (alright, edited) live in Edinburgh, with Fringe-bound comedians, actors, a writer and, well, this lot:
 
- Free Fringe founder PETER BUCKLEY HILL on the early days of alternative comedy...
- Last year’s Mr Best Joke of the Fringe MASAI GRAHAM on his two types of joke…
- Actors ANNA NICHOLSON, ANNA NEWCOME and CAMERON POTTS on bringing the Reformation to the Fringe, and spare pairs of pants…
- Writer JAMES CARY on wrong audiences and best sitcoms…
- And a sneak peek of next episode’s star guest TONY LAW - and he’s wearing pyjamas.
 
I’m not Edinburghing, but I am Camdening, Cornwalling and Ketteringing - so come see me in one of those. And pre-order my book! https://www.waterstones.com/book/hark/paul-kerensa/9780745980171
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12 Liz Earle & co - Business, Bacteria + Bones Beneath Escalators

June 27, 2017

Business! Beauty! Bacteria! Bath-based creativity!

This month's magnificent 7 talk all things business, from starting a wholesome men's magazine to starting a healthy living magazine, from how to run one of the UK's biggest charities to where stand-up comedy meets archaeology. Our most eclectic bunch yet are:

- Beauty empiress LIZ EARLE on goodness, guts and GMTV

- Founder of the Oasis charity STEVE CHALKE on running a hairdressers', a library, a cafe... and basically it's like Sim City.

- Peter Kay's Car Share co-creator TIM REID on what businesses can learn from comedy writers

- Stand-up archaeologist PAUL DUNCAN MCGARRITY on the morbid goings-on beneath station escalators

- Free Fringe founder PETER BUCKLEY-HILL on fixing the comedy circuit

- Sorted magazine founder & magician STEVE LEGG on polygons and weird gigs

- Comic and actor DAVID WHITNEY on why the London Olympics was humanity's peak

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